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					Emergency Contraception
   and Adolescents
            Emergency Contraception


 By the end of this presentation,
  participants will be able to:
   Discuss need for EC among
   Describe clinical components of EC
   Understand the challenges and
    opportunities for increasing EC use
    at the patient, provider, and health
    systems level
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                 What Is Emergency
                Contraception (EC)?

 A safe and effective way of
  preventing pregnancy in cases of:
   Contraceptive failure
   No contraceptive use
   Unplanned or forced intercourse
 Reasonably effective prevention
  method for up to 120 hours after
  unprotected intercourse
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          Adolescents Need EC

 The U.S. has one of the highest
  teen pregnancy rate in the
  industrialized world.

 82% of teen pregnancies are

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         Teen Pregnancy Rates
              Worldwide, 2000

                          Per 1000

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                         Unprotected Sex
 21% of females whose first sex was
  between 1999-2002 used no method
  of contraception

 13% of adolescents experience a
  contraceptive method failure during
  their first year of use

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        Female Contraceptive Use at 1st
             Intercourse by Year of 1st
2002 National Survey of Family Growth

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                   HS Students Contraceptive Use
                              at Last Intercourse
                              YRBS 2007

*This data only reflects oral contraceptives and not rates of injectable
contraceptives use                                                         PRCH 2009
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           Sexual Assault and EC

 >50% of all rapes occur in young
  women under 18 years old
 For teens, 5.3% of rapes lead to a
 Emergency contraception should be
  offered to all survivors of sexual

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           Indications for EC

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                              Human Error

 Inconsistent contraceptive use

 Incorrect contraceptive use

 Unplanned intercourse

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          Method Failure: Patch
 Patch off for 24 hours or
  more during patch-on

 More than two days late
  changing a patch

 Late putting patch back on
  after patch-free week
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           Method Failure: Ring

 Taken out for more than three
  hours during ring-in weeks

 Same ring left in more than
  five weeks in a row

 Late putting ring back after ring-
  out week
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               Method Failure: Others

   Condom breaks or slips
   2 or more missed active OCPs
   DMPA shot 14 or more weeks ago
   Expelled IUD
   3 > = hours late taking a POP
   Diaphragm or cervical cap dislodges

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                 Methods of EC

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                         Brand Name
                  Levonorgestrel ECPs

 Dedicated Product: Plan B One-Step
   FDA approved July 2009
   ingle tablet formulation 1.5mg of levonorgestrel

 Original Plan B
   Two tabs of 750 mcg levonorgestrel
   Approved in 1999
   Approved for OTC 18 and older in 2006

 Both are now OTC for 17 and older
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                   Levonorgestrel EC

 Next ChoiceTM, a generic dedicated
  product approved June 2009
   Two tabs of 750 mcg levonorgestrel
   For prescription use by women 16 and
   OTC for women 17 and older

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      Summary: FDA Approved
       Dedicated EC Products
 Plan B OneStep
   Single dose

 NextChoice
   Generic

 Original PlanB
   Now discontinued
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                   Combined Oral
           Contraceptives as ECPs

 Yuzpe method
  Combined oral contraceptive
   pills (OCPs) containing combined
   ethinyl estradiol and either
   norgestrel or levonorgestrel

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          The Copper-T Intrauterine

 Insert within 5 days
 Highly effective: Reduces risk of
  pregnancy by more than 99%
 Rarely used for EC alone
 Cannot use levonorgestrel IUD
  (Mirena) for EC

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Clinical Components of

  Regimens
  Efficacy

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 Each packet includes
   A single course of treatment

 Both tablets may be taken at the
  same time (to increase
  compliance) with
   No reduction in effectiveness
   No increase in side effects
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                                  ECP Efficacy
 Exact efficacy rates are difficult to
   Minimum efficacy for levonorgestrel
    regimen is 49%
 Can substantially reduce the change of
  pregnancy after an episode of
  unprotected sex
   Most effective the sooner taken

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                         How Long After the
                            Morning After?
     2002 WHO Trial of Levonorgestrel-Only EC
          Regimen Taken in Single Dose


Von Hertzen H, et al. Lancet 2002;360:1803-1810   PRCH 2009
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                    Mechanism of Action of
                    Levonorgestrel-Only EC

 Disrupts normal follicular development
  and maturation
   Results in ovulation or delayed ovulation
    with deficient luteal function
 May also interfere w/sperm migration
  and function at all levels of the genital

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                         Does EC
            Prevent Implantation?

 2 studies: No effect on the
 1 study: Taken before LH surge,
  altered luteal phase secretory
  pattern of glycodelin in serum
  and the endometrium

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            Does Levonorgestrel-Only
            EC Prevent Implantation?

 Studies in animals: Levonorgestrel
  administered in doses that inhibit
  ovulation has no post-fertilization

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                   Mechanism of Action:
                       Combined ECPs

 Can inhibit or delay ovulation
 Older studies have shown
  histologic or biochemical
  alterations in the endometrium.
 More recent studies have found
  no such effects on the
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                    Mechanism of Action:
                        Combined ECPs
 Additional possible mechanisms:
   Dysfunctional ovulation
   Interference w/corpus luteum
   Thickening of the cervical mucus *
   Alterations in tubal transport of
    sperm, egg, or embryo*
   Direct inhibition of fertilization*
    *No clinical data exist regarding these mechanisms
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Side Effects & Complications:
      Levonorgestrel v. Yuzpe

                   Significant at p<0.01
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                                       EC is Safe
 No deaths or serious complications
  have been causally linked to EC
 No serious reactions have been
 WHO Medical Eligibility Criteria
   No situations in which risk of using
    Levonorgestrel-only or Yuzpe
    regimen EC outweigh benefits
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               Few Contraindications
 Known or suspected pregnancy
   Only because it is INEFFECTIVE, not
    because it is harmful
   Will NOT increase the risk of miscarriage
 Hypersensitivity to any component of
  the product
 Undiagnosed abnormal genital bleeding

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 Adolescent Access to EC:
Challenges & Opportunities

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                             Challenges and
 To utilize EC, young women (under 18)
   Be aware of the option
   Locate a provider
   Obtain a prescription
   Find the money to pay for the pills
   Fill prescription at a pharmacy that has
   Take pills at correct time

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                         Challenges and
 Patient Level

 Provider Level

 Health Systems and Public Policy

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  Patient Level

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                  Few Young Women Are
                           Aware of EC

 28% of teen girls have heard of EC
 40% of teens who know about EC
  understand that the pills should be
  taken after, not before, sex

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             Patient Misconceptions
           Create Barriers to EC Use

 Beliefs that EC functions as an
 Fear that the drug would harm fetus
 Confusion over fertility cycle and

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                         Other Barriers
 Perceived lack of confidentiality
 Lack of money and/or insurance
 Lack of transportation
 Inability to locate a healthcare
  provider w/in the limited and
  effective timeframe
 Belief that pelvic examination is
 OTC exclusion of minors
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   Provider Level

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              Many Providers Do Not
        Discuss EC w/ Young Patients

 Of pediatricians with adolescent
   20% report prescribing EC
   24% report counseling
    adolescents about EC

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                    Providers Need More
                      Training About EC

 2001 survey of pediatricians found:
   72.9% were unable to identify any of
    the FDA-approved methods of EC
   Only 27.9% correctly identified the
    timing for initiation
   31.6% felt comfortable prescribing

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            Provider Misconceptions
                 Can Discourage Use
 2001 survey of pediatricians found:
   22% believed that providing EC
    encourages adolescent risk-taking
   52.4% would restrict the number of times
    they would dispense EC to a patient
   12% cited moral or religious reasons for
    not prescribing
   17% were concerned about teratogenic

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                 Providers Can Remove
                 Clinical Barriers to EC
 No pelvic examination or pregnancy
  test required by ACOG or FDA
 Pregnancy test prior to EC treatment
  is recommended only if:
   Other episodes of unprotected sex
    occurred that cycle
   LMP (last menstrual period) was not
    normal in duration, timing, or flow

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                             Providers Can
                          to Facilitate Use
 Discuss EC with ALL patients
 Assess patient’s previous knowledge of
 Discuss patient’s definition of
  “unprotected sex” - when should patient
  fill/call in for prescription for EC
 Frame scenarios according to patient’s
  current contraceptive plan, how it might
  fail, and how and when to use EC

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              Providers Can Facilitate
 Providers must take into account
   Knowledge of reproductive
   Ability to understand the regimen
   Moral perceptions of contraception
   Misconceptions about the drug’s
    mechanism of action
   Barriers that may restrict access
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                 Providers Can Facilitate

 Instruct patient on use:
   More effective the sooner it is taken
   Taking two pills at once increases
    compliance and no increase in side
   Call provider if there is no menstrual
    period w/in three weeks after taking

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          Counseling Key Points

 Taking EC once during the cycle
  does not protect women from
  pregnancy for the entire cycle
 Having unprotected sex after EC use
  can increase pregnancy risk
 To be effective, EC must be used
  each and every time a woman has
  unprotected sexual intercourse.

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                     Facilitating Use in

 Write: advanced prescription w/
  multiple refills (12 recommended)
 Discuss: condoms and assess for
  STI risk
 Explain: EC is not an abortifacient,
  nor is it teratogenic

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                 Facilitating Use in
 Train office staff on EC
   Importance of timely
   Lack of required exam for
   OTC for patients over 17
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                      Facilitating Use in

 List yourself as an EC provider on
 Compile list of pharmacists in area that
  dispense EC
 Refer patients to
   www.not-2-late.com

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          Opportunities for Bridging
            Contraceptive Services

 Cost of EC may prohibit multiple
  use w/in a cycle (~$25-$50)
 During visit, discuss alternative
  and ongoing methods of
  contraception that are more
  effective and less expensive

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             Counseling Teens About
                Contraception Method
 Have you tried anything to prevent
  pregnancy in past?
 Any problems with a previous
   Trouble remembering to take the
   Concerns over privacy with the
   Difficulty using condoms
   Cost barriers?                 PRCH 2009
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             Contraception: Quickstart

 Consider QuickStart initiation of an
  ongoing birth control method on day of
  EC administration
 Patient should bleed in ~ 2 weeks
 If administering DMPA:
    Patient should return in 2 weeks for
     pregnancy test

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             Provider Opportunities for
                       Facilitating Use

 Display posters and materials about EC
 Work w/ teen patients to establish a
  “plan” in the event of contraceptive
  failure, including identifying:
   A pharmacy that will fill prescription
   A method of transportation to pharmacy
   A means of locating or borrowing funds
    for pills

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           Provider Level: Ethical
 If provider does not feel
  comfortable or competent
  counseling patient or writing
  prescription for EC:
    S/he must make a referral to
     someone who can
    Refer patient to www.not-2-
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    Health Systems and
     Public Policy Level

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              Path to OTC Access:
                      August 2006

 FDA announced that Plan B will be
available OTC to women 18 and older

     Minors still need to obtain a
prescription (in states w/out pharmacy

No medical or public health reason for
 limiting adolescents’ access to EC

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                   2009 Court Decisions

        US District Court rules: FDA must
        make Plan B available to women
        17 and older within 30 days and
        reconsider the scientific evidence
March   supporting any age limit on
2009    access to EC

        Women 16 and younger still need
        a prescription to access EC
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               Generic Dedicated EC
                  Product Approved
         Generic dedicated EC product,
June     NextChoice TM approved by the
2009     FDA to be available by
         prescription only

August   NextChoiceTM approved for OTC
 2009    sales to women 17 and older

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          Single-Dose Dedicated EC
                  Product Approved

       FDA approves Plan B OneStep
       with a dual label

       Women 16 and younger still need
       a prescription to access EC
       OneStep begins to replace
       original Plan B in pharmacies as
       manufacturing ends.
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                   What’s Next for EC?

 Generics are free to enter the market
   Until Aug 2012, Plan B has market
    exclusivity on single dose products
 Per the March 2009 rulings, the FDA is
  still under obligation to reconsider age
  restrictions on all EC products
 Data still supports increased access
  for minors
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             Advanced Provision &
        Pharmacy Access to Minors
 Does NOT increase risk taking
   Does not decrease condom use
   Does not decrease contraceptive use
   Does not increase number of sexual
    partners Increase risk for STIs

 DOES increase use of EC
   Risks are reduced from episodes of
    unprotected sex and/or contraceptive
    failure that occur
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                    Advanced Provision: No
                  Increase in Risk Behavior
                                        Advance Rx: ~2xs as
                 Receive EC in            much EC use as
                   advance              control (15% vs. 8%)
                                             No decrease in
 2004 study of                                 condom or
 young women                                contraceptive use
randomized to:
                                             No increase in
                    Receive                 unprotected sex
                 instructions on        Advance Rx: used EC
                 how to get EC           sooner than control
                                         group (10 vs. 21 hrs
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           Pharmacy Access Does Not
               Increase Risk Behavior
 A 2005 study of 2117 young women
 Improved access group no more likely
    Miss a pill
    Switch birth control methods
    Forgo using a condom
 Frequency of intercourse, amount of
  unprotected sex, & number of sexual
  partners similar among the study groups

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            Addressing Concerns About
                             STI Risk

 While EC does NOT protect against
  STIs or HIV:
   2005 study: Young women obtaining
    EC from pharmacist were no more
    likely to get an STI
   Product’s label clearly states that
    regimen does not protect against
    STIs or HIV

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 EC: safe and effective method of preventing
 Can prevent pregnancies when taken within
  indicated window
 Should be readily available to all women,
  especially adolescents
 Advanced provision and pharmacy access
  will not increase health risks for young

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                                   Provider Resources
   Resources:
   www.prch.org - Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health
   www.aap.org - The American Academy of Pediatrics
   www.acog.org - The American College of Obstetricians and
   www.adolescenthealth.org - The Society for Adolescent Medicine
   http://www.aclu.org/reproductiverights/ - The Reproductive
    Freedom Project of the American Civil Liberties Union
   www.advocatesforyouth.org – Advocates for Youth
   www.guttmacher.org – Guttmacher Institute
   www.cahl.org/ - Center for Adolescent Health and the Law
   www.gynob.emory.edu - The Jane Fonda Center of Emory University
   www.siecus.org - The Sexuality Information and Education Council of
    the United States
   www.arhp.org - The Association of Reproductive Health
   www.rhtp.org – Reproductive Health Technologies Project

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                 Provider Resources:
            Emergency Contraception
 PRCH’s Emergency Contraception: A Practitioner’s
 ARHP Reproductive Health Model Curriculum
 For information and a directory of EC providers,
  women can visit www.not-2-late.com
 Managing Contraception:
 Back Up Your Birth Control: Building Emergency
  Contraception Awareness Among Adolescents, A
  Tool Kit, Academy for Educational Development,
 Plan B Website:
 National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE.
  Provides victims of sexual assault with free,
  confidential, around-the-clock services.       PRCH 2009

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